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The Smart Choices front-of-package nutrition labeling program: rationale and development of the nutrition criteria.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20181813     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The goal of the Smart Choices Program (SCP) is to provide a simple front-of-the-package icon system to direct consumers to smarter food choices in the supermarket, which will eventually lead to more balanced diets and to more beneficial foods as food manufacturers renovate products to meet the nutrition criteria for carrying the icon. The SCP was developed by a coalition of scientists and nutrition educators, experts with experience with dietary guidelines, public health organizations, and food manufacturers in response to consumer confusion over multiple front-of-the-package systems based on different criteria. Representatives from different government organizations acted as observers. The process of developing the program was facilitated by the nonprofit Keystone Center, an organization that develops consensus solutions to complex health and social policy changes. The nutrition criteria for receiving the SCP icon are specific for product category by indicating "smarter" products within that category. A calorie indicator noting calories per serving and servings per package accompanies the SCP icon to remind consumers that calories do count, even for smarter food choices. For a product to qualify, it first has to be below the threshold for "nutrients to limit" and then (in most cases) it must be above the threshold for one or more nutrients or food groups to encourage. The criteria are based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines and other consensus science and are transparent and available on the SCP website. This article describes the nutrition criteria and rationales for their selection.
Joanne R Lupton; Douglas A Balentine; Richard M Black; Regina Hildwine; Barbara J Ivens; Eileen T Kennedy; Patricia T Packard; Bradley R Sperber; Daniel Steffen; Mary Story
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-02-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  91     ISSN:  1938-3207     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Clin. Nutr.     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-22     Completed Date:  2010-04-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376027     Medline TA:  Am J Clin Nutr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1078S-1089S     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
ConAgra Foods Inc., Omaha, NE, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Consumer Health Information*
Diet / standards*
Energy Intake
Food Labeling*
Guidelines as Topic
Health Behavior*
Health Promotion*
Nutritive Value
United States

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